May 14, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins right wing Jarome Iginla (12) reacts to scoring a goal on Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price (31) during the second period in game seven of the second round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Banknorth Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Bruins: Tough Offseason Moves Ahead


With the 2014 NHL Entry and Draft and July 1st about two weeks away, the Boston Bruins still have a lot of decisions to make. With just nine million dollars to fill out their roster, they’ll have to be extremely tight with every penny they’ve got. That being said, a lot of conversations are circulating in the Boston area on how the Black and Gold will spend that money.

The biggest talk around the area is the retention of Jarome Iginla. Peter Chiarelli seems to want to retain his services, and it’s a matter of crunching dollars and potential bonuses. He’s certainly a plus for Boston, and played well on the Krejci line last season. If Iginla asks for two million a year or more, and the Bruins give it to him, they’ll have to be some serious changes to the team.

As the potential controversy over keeping Iginla wasn’t bad enough, there was yesterday’s Marchand for Marleau kerfuffle. Jimmy Murphy (formerly of ESPNBoston.com) reported the Bruins and Sharks have talked about a deal that would bring Patrick Marleau to Boston. At face value, that trade seemed utterly nonsensical. Let’s get rid of a twenty year old player for a player that’s nearly a decade older, that has an additional two million plus hit to the salary cap, and seems to have the same post season troubles. Boston media jumped all over it, and many of them thought it was a great idea.

The fan base was united in its rejection of the notion. Some fans objected to Marleau’s lack of postseason production. Others just didn’t want to see Marchand leave Boston. Personally, I thought the Bruins had a tough enough struggle with their salary cap already. Chiarelli had to public address that issue. So it looks like Marchand is staying in Boston.

The Bruins will have to figure out what they want to do, and they need to do it quickly. If they can’t afford Iginla, they’ll need to have a ‘Plan B’ in place.

 

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  • Carlos Dorego

    Marchand for marleau are you f@$&king kidding.yeah why not trade your young guys for guys that’s much older and ready to retire Really lets go backwards instead of forward dumb Ass.

  • Willy

    With the 2014 NHL Entry and Draft and July 1st about two weeks away???

  • Willy

    The B’s have $8.6m to spend BUT they have Krug, Smith and probably Svedberg to re-sign, never mind Iggy. So they really need to shed some payroll if they want to add any free agents. I wouldnt be against (and it is an option) if the B’s traded Marchand and/or McQuaid to the Islanders for their 1st round pick that is said to be available in trade. It would give the B’s a high pick, which theyve drafted well at and around $6m in salary relief to sign another forward (Vanek, Moulson, Cammalleri…) or a defenseman (Stralman).

  • mikeyboss

    The Bs need to add a scorer, and add a two-way speedster. As much as I like Boychuk, Seidenberg and McQuaid will be back, and the emergence of Dmen Hamilton, Krug and Miller make Boychuk (and his avg annual salary of $3.36 mil) trade-worthy. Package Boychuk and backup goalie Johnson (with VERY good statistics that’s bound to look good to another team), and you have about $4 mil salary room cleared. Then if they could get rid of Chris Kelly’s $3 mil salary cap hit, let Thornton and Campbell go ($1.1M and $1.4M, respectively) that would give Chiarelli $9.5 mil in salary cap relief to make some moves.

    The Bs already have a great core, and just a few minor tweaks and they could easily get back to the finals.

  • Bojangles

    Trade Eriksson another small piece and number 25 for a top 10 pick (Islanders?) and then sign either Ryan Callahan or Vrabata to fill the 3RW spot. Good LWs avail 5-12 – get lucky and slot that pick at 3LW or use Fraser. Trade Campbell and slot Kelly at 4C with Paille and Florek. All hinges on Iggy tho. If they lose him – all bets are off. They’d be smart to move up in the draft though. DK, Soderberg both coming up for raises. Gonna need some good young players at low salaries soon. Not sue either of Spoons or Koko are gonna last with this team.